Dominus Napa Valley 750ml
Discover Blended Red Wine Wines
In the United States, a red mix is any American wine that isn't produced from a single grape type. It's an odd classification since many, if not all, red wines are and have always been mixes. A grand cru Bordeaux produced entirely of Cabernet, as well as Chiantis made entirely of Sangiovese, are the exception rather than the norm. In addition, California law only requires a wine's label to contain 75% of the grape type.
Winemakers combine grapes because it enables them to create a wine in a sense. A splash of Merlot may help soften Cabernet's tannins, while a dash of Syrah can give watery, inexpensive Pinot some punch. Blending is common in several regions: Rioja, for example, has traditionally blended Tempranillo, Graciano, and Garnacha. Many modern, inexpensive red blends, on the other hand, are simply created for mass appeallots of superripe, black fruit and no acidityusing whatever varietals would suffice.
About the Producer: Dominus Estate
Dominus Estate is a Napa Valley-based wine producer, producing one of the region's so-called iconic cabernets. The owner, Christian Mouet, owned the property - at least in part - from 1982 to 2008, managing the property alongside his family wine business in Bordeaux. The property is located around Napanuk Vineyard, which stands out for being one of the first vineyards in the Napa Valley. George Yunt, who gave his name to Yountville, established a vineyard here in 1838, and since then the 50-hectare (124-acre) site has belonged to many Napa devotees. Moueix formed a partnership in 1982 with Robin Layle and Marcia Smith, daughters of John Daniel Jr. of Inglenook, and became sole owner in 1995. Since then, a second vineyard has been added to Dominus' portfolio, this time in Oakville. Napanuk Vineyard is located on the edge of the Mayakamas Mountains, rising slightly above the hills. It is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, although there are plantations of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is reflected in the Dominus estate's iconic red, which is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc - although the exact proportions depend on the vintage. Dominus Estate also produces entry-level red wine, Othello, and mid-range cabernet, Napanuk. Dominus Estate is committed to sustainability and the vineyards are grown on dry farms both to conserve water and to control the yield and therefore the quality of the grapes. fruits. Moueix also advocated thinning of crops, using it since the early 1970s in Petrus. It is believed that this practice improves the quality of the fruit, as it improves the leaf-to-fruit ratio to aid ripening. Dominus Estate is also known for its winery, designed by the same Swiss architects who designed Beijing's Olympic Stadium. It's built with stone-filled gabions that give the winery natural light and also attenuate the extreme temperatures of the Napa Valley.
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